The Truth Behind Microblading

Microblading – the most hyped up beauty trend that has erupted so quickly everywhere, including Instagram. I became interested in microblading about 1 year ago and thought it was an amazing technique to achieve fuller, bolder looking brows.

What exactly is microblading?

Essentially, microblading is semi-permanent make-up which involves inserting pigment (colour) after using a small blade to open up the upper layers of the skin. The technician will normally use numbing cream as they go to ensure you don’t experience discomfort. You do feel a bit (duh!) a blade is cutting into your skin.. BUT beauty is pain.

 

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Top: Before (my natural brows) Bottom: After (initial session)

 

How expensive is this procedure?

Prices vary, and you get what you pay for. The cost for me was CAD $550 and yearly touchups are CAD $100. Everyone charges differently, but PLEASE do research on your technician first (ie. Instagram, reviews, make sure you like their microblading style, etc.) before getting your brows done with them.

Is this procedure permanent?

Microbladed brows last 1-3 years and gradually (& naturally) fade out if you do not get yearly touch-ups.
How is healing?

Okay, here is the fun part. Get ready for an essay…

Everyone heals differently as everyone’s immune system is different and everyone’s skin type is different. For instance, it is possible that the pigment will not hold very well on someone that has very oily skin. I have sensitive/combination skin. I had my first microblading session in September, a touchup in November, and a second touchup 2 weeks ago. I’m going to be 100% honest and say that I lost pigment around the arches and frontal areas of the brow after the first session AND touch-up. Normally, the internet and technicians say that loosing pigment is normal after the initial session and your touchup (typically complimentary) will fix that issue, however do not mention that additional touchups may be necessary, like they were for me. My technician did mention that for some individuals multiple sessions may be necessary to reach your desired look, I just didn’t think that one of those individuals could be me.

I did all the necessary steps to ‘ensure proper healing’ including: using an ointment that my technician gave me; I didn’t wash my face; I was careful not to rub my face into my pillow at night; I did not touch my brows or pick at the scabs; I didn’t go kickboxing – I pretty much took EXTRA care of my new babies. This, my friends, is reality – anything can happen, and when you aren’t told about the bad and are only sold on the good, you could risk going through a nightmare.

You see all these amazing brow pictures on Instgram RIGHT AFTER the procedure; of course the eyebrows are going to look perfect right after… they haven’t been exposed to anything yet or fully healed! What you don’t see on Instagram (including many of the professionals’ Instagram page) are the brows gone bad – aka brows that did not heal well, I mean why would they be posting content that could make them loose business? If I were a technician I wouldn’t be posting pictures of brows gone bad because I want clients, not a bad rep. Now I’m not saying that you specifically will not have great results, I’m just saying be aware of the possibility that you may not end up with what you came in for.

Okay, so what now? How are my results after my second touchup two weeks ago? Here is the interesting part – I told my technician that the pigment did not hold very well in certain areas and she recommended dry healing. I googled dry healing microblading and NOTHING came up. I spoke to another microblading technician, who by the way was very kind enough to offer me help – S/O to @thebrowvault {Instagram}, about dry healing/my situation and she has never recommended that to her clients. Now that I think about it, dry healing makes no sense at all! It is so important to keep your freshly ‘tattood’ brows moisturized, at least using coconut oil (which I am now using after 8 days of dry healing) because if you don’t, you could risk infection, and can possibly get super dry, flaky scabs like I did (keep in mind thin-layered scabbing is absolutely normal). Super dry, flaky scabs could fall off and leave the under-layer of your skin naked, in other words, colourless.

My brows are currently  on day 12 after my second touchup and I still have scabbing, although some has come off. Total healing time is about 1 month. My technician advised that the scabs should ideally stay on for 3 weeks, but I don’t see that as being very realistic. Here’s why – During my initial session and touch up session, I used the ointment she provided me and instructed me to use, and all of the scabs came off within 8 days. When I googled microblading healing, the majority of sources mention that scabs typically fall off within 7-14 days. So, now I wait. I wait until all scabs fall off to determine if the pigment held up well after my second session. Let’s hope for the best!

 

Pro’s?

º Wake up with makeup – If properly healed, you will not need to fill in your brows everyday.

º Can nicely change the appearance of the face (around the eye area).

º Brows that last up to 3 years.

º Fine, crisp, natural looking hair strokes.

º Because the results are not totally permanent, there is no need to worry about the changing eyebrow trends.

º Does not smudge/smear off, even with exercise.

º Women who have lost their brows due to certain health issues (ie. cancer) can have their dream brows back using microblading.

 

Con’s?

º As mentioned earlier, everyone’s body heals differently, and for those that have oily skin, don’t risk wasting your $ on something that could potentially not look good in the end.

º No exercising until all scabs have fallen off.

º Your eyebrows will look extreme (dark, super bold) for the first couple of days.

º You can’t wash your face until the scabs have fallen off (this was the worst for me, but I just used Bioderma cleansing water instead).

º You can risk infection.

º You may not like the end result.

º The end result will NOT look like they initially do right after you get the procedure done.


UPDATE!  It has now been a little over 5 weeks and I can now give a full assessment as my brows are fully healed. So, I must say that although my brows were SUPER dry during dry healing and even after I started applying coconut oil, the pigment retained quite well for the most part. The only area I am a bit unhappy with is the arch on my right brow; It is a bit more faded than the rest of the brow so it looks as though the arch area is not fully filled in, but it is not too noticable. Why did this happen? I remember the scab coming off a bit earlier than the rest of the scabs, and I remember thinking F#$&! because my gut feeling told me the area would look more faded as opposed to the surrounding brow.

Overall though, I am happy with the results and if you are 100% sure you want to get this procedure done, go for it! Just remember to do your research and ask yourself if you are okay with the risk(s) associated with microblading or if you are fine with filling them in everyday (or simply going au naturel).

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If you have any questions at all about microblading and who my technician was, please do not hesitate to contact me @ dominika_nova@hotmail.com or DM me via Instagram or simply leave a comment below! ♥

 

xoxo Dominika

5 thoughts on “The Truth Behind Microblading

  1. Hi, I read your story & it sounds a lot like mine. I went for 3 touch ups all together & the third touch up I had to wait for 6 months to get it done. My technician had me wash my eyebrows for the first 4 hours & then let them heal dry & the third day started using my brow ointment. These healed up the worst I think & I don’t know why. Maybe because she had me go dry for the first two days. This procedure isn’t cheap & actually I fly out of town to get mine done. Now, I would tell people if you had old scarring from previous tattoos before; I would tell them the color doesn’t stay on scarring at all, so I have bald spots here & there. Talk about beyond frustrated. I hope someone can give me some advice to give to my technician.

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  2. It’s been day 12 after my retouch and it’s still scabbing so I can’t decide whether to still keep it dry (I’m trying dry healing). As you mention to keep it dry until scabbing is over then I will do that. But what if scabbing persisted until day 14? Is that something I should worry?

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    1. Hi love! From my knowledge and what I was told, the longer your scabs stay on the better colour retention/healing. So not to worry at all. If you are concerned though, please contact your technician and she will advise the best course of action.

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  3. Recently my beauticians suggest me to take nova microblading to get dark brows. But I am worried about the cutting procedure. First I myself want to make research on it what is it? And how exactly work? Your blog is really helpful to me. I can now make my mind to take this process to get attractive and beautiful brows.

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